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HSP20 phosphorylation and airway smooth muscle relaxation

Authors Ba M, Singer C, Tyagi M, Brophy C, Baker J, Cremo C, Halayko A, Gerthoffer W

Published 23 June 2009 Volume 2009:1 Pages 27—42


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Mariam Ba1, Cherie A Singer1, Manoj Tyagi2, Colleen Brophy3, Josh E Baker4, Christine Cremo4, Andrew Halayko5, William T Gerthoffer2

1Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV, USA; 2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, USA; 3Harrington Department of Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA; 4Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA; 5Departments of Physiology and Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Abstract: HSP20 (HSPB6) is a small heat shock protein expressed in smooth muscles that is hypothesized to inhibit contraction when phosphorylated by cAMP-dependent protein kinase. To investigate this hypothesis in airway smooth muscle (ASM) we showed that HSP20 was constitutively expressed as well as being inducible in cultured hASM cells by treatment with 1 µM isoproterenol or 10 µM salmeterol. In contrast, a mixture of proinflammatory mediators (interleukin-1β, tumor necrosis factor α, and interferon γ) inhibited expression of HSP20 by about 50% in 48 hours. To determine whether phosphorylation of HSP20 is sufficient to induce relaxation, canine tracheal smooth muscle was treated with a cell permeant phosphopeptide that mimics the phosphorylation of HSP20. The HSP20 phosphopeptide antagonized carbacholinduced contraction by 60% with no change in myosin light chain phosphorylation. Recombinant full length HSP20 inhibited skeletal actin binding to smooth muscle myosin subfragment 1 (S1), and recombinant cell permeant TAT-HSP20 S16D mutant reduced F-actin filaments in cultured hASM cells. Carbachol stimulation of canine tracheal smooth muscle tissue caused redistribution of HSP20 from large macromolecular complexes (200–500 kDa) to smaller complexes (<60 kDa). The results are consistent with HSP20 expression and macromolecular structure being dynamically regulated in airway smooth muscle. HSP20 is upregulated by beta agonists and downregulated by proinflammatory cytokines. HSP20 is phosphorylated in vivo in a cAMP-dependent manner and the phosphorylated form promotes airway smooth muscle relaxation, possibly through depolymerization of F-actin as well as inhibition of myosin binding to actin.

Keywords: actin, bronchodilator, forskolin, myosin, salmeterol, trachea

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